Hvide Sande

 

Hvide Sande is a fishing town in West Jutland with 2,932 inhabitants (2020), located in Holmsland Klit Parish in the middle of the headland Holmsland Klit. The city is located in Ringkøbing-Skjern Municipality and belongs to the Central Jutland Region.

Hvide Sande has grown up around the large lock facility between the North Sea and Ringkøbing Fjord which was built in 1931. The town now has one of Denmark's largest fishing ports with more than 200 resident fishing vessels, of which approx. 145 of more than 5 tons. In Hvide Sande, a fishing auction is held daily.

The fishery from Hvide Sande has undergone a major development in step with reductions in the cod quota in particular. This reduction has meant that many of the traditional fishing cutters have been scrapped. Today, there are about. 30 larger net vessels, approx. 40 larger trawlers, 7 beam trawlers and 2 spinnaker vessels. These vessels are all active in fishing, while a small dozen vessels are moored as so-called "quota vessels". Hvide Sande has always functioned as a port for foreign fishermen, and in the past a large number of vessels searched for Hvide Sande around spring. With spring came the bountiful fishing for tongues. Hvide Sande is today the base port for many horse shrimp fishermen from other ports, and the other foreign fishermen are not so prominent anymore.

In connection with the fishery, there are two shipyards in Hvide Sande: A / S Hvide Sande Skibs- & Baadebyggeri and Vestværftet. Both shipyards are known for newbuilding ships. Vestværftet is a newbuilding shipyard with deliveries to Greenland, Ireland, Norway etc., and A / S Hvide Sande Skibs- og Baadebygeri is one of Denmark's most recognized wooden shipyards. In the winter you can see several large wooden ships, e.g. Fulton, on the yard's large berth.